FEATURE: The Freakiest Zombie Book Covers

Posted 4 September, 2012 by Kristilyn in Bookish Things Event, Cover Love, Features / 23 Comments

Even though I haven’t read a lot of zombie books, I have seen MANY a zombie book cover. Some of them freak.me.out. It’s like the publishers of zombie books think that in order to have a successful zombie book, the cover must be the grossest, ugliest, bloodiest, and freakiest cover ever.

And I mean that in a good way.

So, without further ado, here are my picks for the Freakiest Zombie Book Covers!

Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura, #1), by Jonathan Maberry

Cover notes: You can’t see it from the photo, but when you open the front flap of this book, the eye is all gummy and gruesome. It’s icky, to say the least. This is not a book I’d want to keep on my night stand! Though one of my favourite things about the covers for these books is the AWESOME font — it’s so eye-catching!

This is Not A Test, by Courtney Summers

Cover notes: I’m not sure why I find this cover so creepy …. maybe it’s the hair flying across the face, or the blood spattered — is it HER blood? Someone else’s? It’s just so simple and so freaky!

Patient Zero (Joe Ledger, #1), by Jonathan Maberry

Cover notes: So, I’m pretty sure I can put ALL of Jonathan Maberry’s book covers on this list because they are ALL insanely creepy and zombie-tastic. And the nails aren’t even bleeding or anything, but still — FRIGHTENING!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, by Steve Hockensmith & Jane Austin

Cover notes: Creepy children with zombie eyes and blood on their hands CREEP ME OUT! Especially doll-like children. I get shivers just looking at this one! I just hope when the zombie apocalypse comes, I don’t have any creepy zombie children after me!

Doll Parts, by Wayne Simmons

Cover notes: Yeah, see above for the explanation of this one. Surely, I can’t be the only one who finds dolls uber-creepy! Apparently, this book is about the BEAUTIFUL undead, though, NOT dolls, but I have doubts that anything that resembles a zombie could be beautiful — especially when looking at this picture!

The Unwashed Dead (Zombie Armageddon, #1), by Ian Woodhead

Cover notes: This cover looks just like something out of an old horror movie! And look at her eyes — they’re just STARING and BIG and CREEPY! And all the blood! And the synopsis: “In this dead end town, there will be no END for the DEAD.” She’s coming to get you! Zombie-tastic!

What are some of the freakiest zombie book covers you’ve seen?

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Kristilyn is a Canadian book blogger, music listener & creator, proud mama, and general lover of life. Her necessities include fuzzy socks, a library full of good books, a fully charged Kindle, copious amounts of tea, and chocolate. Swoon-worthy book boys are also welcome.

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23 Responses to “FEATURE: The Freakiest Zombie Book Covers”

  1. NICE! I love all thee covers, too. Test is freaky because of how her head is hanging, and the hair and splatter. I read the book and I’m not sure if I can connect it, but it does match the tone of the book…

    I learned about a few new books to add to the ever growing zombie list!

  2. I have yet to read a zombie book. I’d really to read This is Not a Test!! The creppiest of these covers for me is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and The Unwashed Dead. They are groooosss!

    I’m looking forward to the rest of your extravaganza!

    • I’m so new to the zombie genre! I’ve only read a handful or so … I do have a few more on my shelf I can’t wait to read!

      Yes, The Unwashed Dead is so gross! That one was a definite must for the list. :)

  3. kimbacaffeinate

    Sweet, I just bought a bundle pack of Rot and Ruin which contains the new release for Sept 11, I am so looking forward to reading them. Patient Zero is on my wishlist for sure!

    • I know! Rot & Ruin is even creepier in real life … It’s one of those books that stays on the shelf. And may be put under the bed when I’m done reading it at night.

  4. I have the first four out of all of those…and I will admit that they are definitely freaky. :P I read an arc of Dust and Decay (the sequel to Rot & Ruin) at work back when I was working at Walmart, and you should’ve seen the looks people gave the cover of that book! And it’s nothing compared to the first book. :P haha I and the Dawn of the Dreadfuls cover has always kind of creeped me out too…I wouldn’t look at it while I was reading the book to be honest! haha :D That being said…I still loved the story! Those Bennet sisters kick zombie butt! ;D haha

    Neat list, Kristilyn! :D I’m definitely loving your whole Bookish Things feature so far! :D Can’t wait to see more. :D

  5. I’d always liked the cover of Rot & Ruin, but I had no idea the print copies had that! That makes me want a copy for myself all the more :D I also love the Patient Zero one.

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